Press Release:03-08-2020

Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
962 new cases & 815 recoveries today, total 11,484 patients under treatment
19 new hotspots, total 506

Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that 962 new active cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the State today even as 815 patients have recovered from the disease. There are 801 cases of infection through contact and the source in 40 cases is unknown. 55 are returnees from abroad and 85 from other States. 15 healthcare workers were also infected.
The Chief Minister also condoled the deaths of 68-year-old Cleatus from Thiruvananthapuram district and 52-year-old Sasidharan from Alappuzha district. So far there have been 84 deaths in the state due to Covid.
Thiruvananthapuram district accounts for the maximum positive cases in 205 persons followed by 106 in Ernakulam district, 101 from Alappuzha district, 85 each in Thrissur and Malappuram districts, 66 from Kasaragod district, 59 in Palakkad district, 57 from Kollam district, 37 in Kannur district, 36 from Pathanamthitta district, 35 in Kottayam district, 33 from Kozhikode district, 31 in Wayanad district and 26 from Idukki district.
Those infected through contact are 197 in Thiruvananthapuram district, 87 in Ernakulam district, 86 in Alappuzha district, 73 in Malappuram district, 63 in Thrissur district, 56 each in Kollam and Kasargod districts, 32 in Kozhikode district, 31 each in Wayanad and Palakkad districts, 29 in Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts, 23 in Kannur district and eight in Idukki district.
The infected healthcare workers are six in Thiruvananthapuram district and three each in Ernakulam, Kannur and Kasaragod districts. Six 6 KSE employees in Thrissur district were also infected by the virus.
The district-wise figures of the patients who tested negative are 253 persons from Thiruvananthapuram district, 67 in Palakkad district, 59 from Pathanamthitta district, 55 in Kottayam district, 54 from Idukki district, 52 in Thrissur district, 50 each from Alappuzha and Kasaragod districts, 40 in Kollam district, 38 each from Ernakulam and Malappuram districts, 26 in Kozhikode district, 25 from Kannur district and eight in Wayanad district.
Till now, 15,282 people have been cured of Coronavirus and presently, 11,484 patients are undergoing treatment.
There are currently 1,45,234 people under observation in various districts of the state – 1,34,455 in home or institutional quarantine and 10,779 in hospitals. 1,115 people were admitted to the hospital today.
During the last 24 hours, 19,343 samples were tested. A total of 8,34,215 samples have so far been sent for testing and the results of 3,926 samples are yet to come. As part of the Sentinel Surveillance, 1,25,233 samples were collected from high-risk groups and the results of 1,254 samples are awaited.
19 new places were demarcated as hotspots today even as 10 were excluded taking the total number of hotspots in Kerala to 506.
Kerala revises norms in marking Containment Zones 
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced a change in the norms for demarcating Containment Zones in the State.
Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, “Henceforth, Containment Zones will be defined after tracing the primary and secondary contacts of a positive person. The Containment Zones would not be spread across a ward or a wide area but will be highly localised in and around the residences of those identified and mapped during contact tracing.”
Arrangements will be made for home delivery of essential items. If that is not possible, the police or volunteers will bring the goods home.
“The Containment Zone would be a well-restricted area with limitations on entry and exit. The declaration of the Containment Zone will not be for a particular period but will continue until it is ensured that the primary and secondary contacts in the area are free from infection. District Collectors, District Police Chiefs and DMOs will monitor the situation daily and ensure that regulations and restrictions are implemented effectively”, the CM added.
The CM also informed that Police have been entrusted with the job of assisting the District Collector and the District Disaster Management Authority to locate and mark the containment zone in the wake of the virus outbreak. Police enforcement will be strengthened to effectively enforce restrictions in the Containment Zone. Violation of quarantine norms and not maintaining social distancing in public places will be dealt with severely by the police.
The police have also been given the task of tracing and locating the primary and secondary contacts of those who test positive and transferring them to the hospital or quarantine centre, as required. The contact tracing should be done within 24 hours.
The Chief Minister also informed that so far 7,03,977 people have come to Kerala after the lockdown was lifted, 4,34,491 came from other states and 2,69,486 came from foreign countries. 3,672 Covid positive cases were reported among them and arrangements were made to provide treatment to all.
CM inaugurates 102 Family Health Centres 
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today inaugurated 102 Family Health Centres built in the State as part of the Adaram Mission.
In his comments, the CM said, “The inauguration of these Family Health Centres is a significant step forward in our Covid defence. The state has been reaping the benefits of converting primary health centres into family health centres during the Covid period.”
In the first phase, 170 Family Health Centres (FHC) were completed. In the second phase, 504 family health centres were announced and out of that, administrative approval was given for the construction of 407 FHCs. There are currently 284 Family Health Centres operational in the state. With the inauguration of 102 FHCs today, there are a total of 386 family health centres in the state.
While major hospitals were converted to Covid hospitals, treatment for non-Covid diseases is being provided through family health centres. The FHC are also providing manpower and resources for Covid First-Line Treatment Centres.